A father in the shadows: Why the pope is telling us to ‘go to Joseph’ this year

Vol. 6 | No. 6 | March 26, 2021

St. Joseph plays with the child Jesus in Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s “The Holy Family with a Bird” (circa 1650). On Page 10, art historian Elizabeth Lev explains how Jesus’ foster father made up for a slow start in Christian art by taking up his popular role as our all-powerful patron. On Page 14, Evan Holguin tells the little-known story of the St. Joseph statue that watches over the LA cathedral’s timeout area. And on Page 16, contributor Elise Ureneck opens up about how sleep problems led her to a deeper friendship with St. Joseph.

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